Well, after 24 years of smoking, I finally quit yesterday. I started taking a new prescription called Chantix that helps you quit by working on a receptor in the brain that cuts the pleasure you receive from smoking.
It's only been about 36 hours since my last cigarette but I'm feeling overall pretty calm about it. I've only tried to quit one other time seriously in my life but I was such a crying mess that it was ridiculous! I couldn't believe it, a grown woman crying because I wanted a cigarette so bad!
My mother has emphysema and uses an oxygen tank at home and a portable one when she leaves the house, she just got a breathing treatment machine for use at home as well. I guess that is one of my biggest motivations to quit this time. I have asthma and I just see myself rushing head first into being her... and that is scary!
I admit I am a little scared for some reason to do without my "longtime little friend and companion" but I know this is something that I have to do, and do it for good this time.
Sept 21st, well I've set a new record now. I got past those first 36 hours and another week has passed and I'm still doing great. I am so happy and thankful that I am still not smoking. My breathing is getting better and I feel better overall. I'm still taking the Chantix and they do make it much easier on me to not smoke, but I seem to have a hard time falling asleep with them, but once I'm asleep... look out because I crash and don't wake up till 9 or so hours later! (I typically sleep 5-6hrs per night)